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UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations[viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly informed UN Member States that he has appointed David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda."

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda[viewed]

Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Report on SE4ALL Decade Presented to UNGA Second Committee[viewed]

The UN Secretary-General's report on the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has been presented to the Second (Economic and Financial) Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report (A/69/395), presented on 15 October in New York, US, lays out a global plan of action for the Decade and suggests ways to realize SE4ALL in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

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CBD COP 12 HLS Adopts Gangwon Declaration[viewed]

The High-level Segment (HLS) of the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted the 'Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Declaration reaffirms commitments to fully implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and celebrates the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management[viewed]

The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report[viewed]

The 2014 International World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation[viewed]

Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs[viewed]

This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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UNESCO to Launch Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced it will launch the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the World Conference on ESD, in November 2015. The GAP aims to generate and scale up ESD action at all education levels to accelerate progress towards sustainable development and contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

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CFS Endorses Principles for Investing in Agriculture and Food Systems[viewed]

Governments and stakeholders approved the 'Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems' at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41). The Committee, which also endorsed policy recommendations on food loss and waste, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, met on 13 October 2014, in Rome, Italy.

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